The forecast for tomorrow afternoon, July 8, is RAIN! The Grand Opening of the tunnel is being rescheduled for the following Thursday, July 15, 2021. Event are likely to start at the eastern end of the tunnel (behind Village Pizza.) There is a possibility that the tunnel will be open for use this weekend – stay tuned!
For good things to happen, it often takes a village . . . but weeding the mini-meadow pollinator garden on the Goss Logan hillside required a village with a mountain goat. . . or at least a sure-footed 13-year old. Too steep for elder gardeners to negotiate the slope, we had the good fortune of an able-bodied student who needed 2 1/2 hours of community service to complete her end-of-year commitment. Extensive weeding, laying down cardboard, and mulching with wood chips . . . Melanie did an excellent job, while her elders weeded, deadheaded, and transplanted below, all in preparation for the Grand Opening of the tunnel on July 8th!
Exciting news! We are pleased to announce that work on the Downtown Lebanon Tunnel Project is nearly complete and a grand opening event will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
This event will include live radio by “The River”, public art voting, sidewalk chalk, a scavenger hunt, and a bike rodeo that includes: bike checks by Omer & Bob’s, helmets giveaway, bike registrations, a bike safety obstacle course, and e-bike loan signups.
Pre-registration is not required for this event. Masks will not be required but are recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated.
Are you wondering where the Downtown Tunnel is located? Please review the following aerial photo to see where the tunnel is located in relation to Colburn Park and the Lebanon Mall. The blue line indicates where the tunnel will run below the Lebanon Mall parking area and Hanover Street. To learn more about the Tunnel Project, please visit LebanonNH.gov/Tunnel.
The MRG tunnel has been paved and is looking good! A Grand Opening Celebration is being planned for July 8, 2021, but there will be access to the tunnel before that date. Stay tuned! We are well on our way to linking to the Northern Rail Trail and parts South.
The Lebanon, NH Arts and Culture Commission is looking for artists to design, fabricate, and install a public art installation and/or mural in the newly renovated Downtown Lebanon Pedestrian Tunnel. The Tunnel is located beneath Hanover Street and the Lebanon Mall, with entrances near Goss Logan Insurance (western entrance) and the Ledyard Charter School (eastern entrance). Artists are encouraged to select themes related to Lebanon’s history, geography, natural environment, and recreational activities. (Artists also may, but are not required to, use railroad spikes left over from the development of the Mascoma Greenway.) The tunnel is 350 feet long and the walls are generally 18 feet in height. Installations and murals can be on the walls within the tunnel, with the exception of the granite stones on the eastern end. Artwork should exist within the physical structure of the tunnel without necessarily taking up the whole tunnel. In order to submit an application artists MUST RSVP for the artist tour. Learn more and RSVP for the tour. And check out Rails to Trails info on public art for some background and inspiration.
The Mascoma River Greenway is a unique trail for the Upper Valley, and we want signage that celebrates that uniqueness. Hypertherm HOPE Foundation is already a financial donor to the MRG, and they stepped up their game by volunteering to cut these signs, using their patented Plasma cutting machinery, right here in Lebanon. These signs give a tip of the hat to the industrial history of the railroad corridor, while also giving thanks to the major donors that helped create our popular Greenway.
Sadly, some of these signs were vandalized the day after they were installed. Please, if you see something, say something. We appreciate the communities’ eyes and ears open for us.
These flowers are Alder catkins with elongated male catkins on the same plant as shorter female catkins. They often emerge before leaves appear and are mainly wind-pollinated, but also visited by bees.
The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) has finished compiling and analyzing the data for the Mascoma River Greenway. Survey results are hosted here at www.uvlsrpc.org/rail-trails. Many thanks to Colin Smith for his work on the dashboard. #railtotrail #MRG #railstotrails #railstotrailsconservancy #connectlebtowestleb